Boxing in Worksop is not only in fine health, if last Thursday’s fight night at Stanley Street is anything to go by – it has a bright future too.
Promoted by Chris Boyle and his X Box Boxing Academy, the event showcased the wealth of talent coming through the ranks locally – with a staggering 11 victories for Worksop fighters.
Ten of those wins belonged to the host club, and Boyle was understandably over the moon.
“It was a really great night for the club and the town,” he said.
“We are really making a mark on the amateur boxing scene, ever since we started our journey.”
“Our brand of boxing is good and original.”
Those words were backed up by some impressive performances.
Joe Bourne personified the never-say-die, positive outlook of the Worksop boxing outfit.
In the early stages of his battle with Doncaster scrapper Brad Mason, Bourne took some big shots.
But the local lad just kept coming, pressing forward for the duration of the fight, turning the tide in his favour and landing some great combinations of his own to earn a split decision victory.
Another standout battle was the bout between Dylan Clegg and Sheffield’s Red Johnson.
Johnson was arguably the best boxer on show at Stanley Street, but Clegg stayed with him throughout the contest, counterpunching and sneaking in some big uppercuts.
The Sheffield boxer had his hand raised, presumably for his pinpoint accuracy and workrate, but Clegg grew in confidence and aggression as the fight went on and can be proud of his efforts.
The ‘main event’ pitted Konrad Nowicki against Doncaster’s Leon Simms, and the pair put on an exciting show.
Simms picked up a split decision victory having shaded the contest by landing some thudding hooks, Nowicki busy for almost the entire duration.
Both female fights went the way of X Box fighters, Nicola Hopewell particularly impressive in her stoppage of Danielle Birchmore.
Hopwell’s bodyshots and in-and-out strategy drew no response from Birchmore.
And Louise Colton impressed the judges sufficiently against Kate Warner.
Marcus Ellis, fighting out of Chesterfield ABC, stopped his man early on, and in a bad tempered contest X Box youngster Cole Blair was too quick and skilful for Ingles teen Ali Iqbal.
There were also wins for host club fighters Leon Smith, Joe Wood and Elliot Holloway.
Smith was aggressive from the outset and frequently landed the better combinations against Tom Moore.
Wood was dominant early on in an exhausting bout and did enough to take the decision, while Holloway’s left hand did the damage in his win over Dan McGreedy.
Matt Jones found South Derbyshire’s Parry Bains just too strong but visibly enjoyed his time in the ring.
Jack Wale, Rich Herrick and Simon Williams all went the distance but lost on the judges’ scorecards.
Mason Briddon started the night with a skills bout.